Monday, July 9, 2018

Palm Springs Bachelorette Party

A couple of weeks ago, I ventured to Palm Springs with my best girlfriends (and my mom and Matt's mom!) for the best bachelorette party!  I had never been to Palm Springs before, so I wasn't sure what to expect- but it exceeded ALL my expectations and I can't wait to go back!  The weekend that we were there was one of the hottest weekends of the year-- temps were well above 110.  If you're traveling to Palm Springs between June- August, be prepared to be mainly by a pool all day.  It's not humid like the Midwest, which is amazing, but it was still HOT!

We flew into LA because it was cheaper than flying direct to Palm Springs from Chicago, but we didn't hit any traffic so our drive was only 2 hours.  Since we got into LA around 8am, we had the whole day on Thursday in Palm Springs!  Below was our itinerary:


12pm | Lunch & Margaritas @ Azucar

3pm | Check-in to our Airbnb (We stayed at the Pretty in Pink)

7pm | Taco Bar Dinner at the house

8pm | Games


9am | Breakfast & Mimosa's at the house

10am | Poolside Lounging

12pm | Lunch @ house from The Sandwich Spot (their salads were amazing!!)

6pm | Games

8pm | Dinner @ 849 Restaurant (this restaurant was the cutest)

10pm | Drinks at The Tonga Hut


10am | Brunch @ Cheeky's (we even had a Michelle Obama sighting!) 

12pm | Tram Ride up the Mountain 

3pm | Poolside Lounging

7pm | Private Chef Dinner at the house

9pm | Games


11 am | Check Out

The Itinerary was the perfect mix of relaxing and party-time, so no one ever felt too tired for the next thing!  One thing I will mention is that Palm Springs has a very strict noise ordinance in place.  This means no music outside or loud voices after 10pm.  A lot of these Airbnb's are located in residential neighborhoods which is why this ordinance is in place.  I never really even noticed it... if you're with the right people you won't even need the music! :)

Now onto some of the amazing vendors that made this trip even more amazing!!

BigMouth Inc filled our pool with some adorable pool floats-- we had a giant ring, flamingo, swan, avocado, and a unicorn!  These floats were perfect for lounging in the pool all day (which we did every day!)

I gifted each of the girls attending a goody bag filled with the cutest little must-haves for Palm Springs!

'But First Palm Springs' Eye Mask - The Sleepy Cottage
Monogrammed Flamingo Tumbler - Sequins in the South
Palm Springs Before the Rings Tank Top (pictured above!) - The Couture Kitten
I Do Crew Swimsuits - The Couture Kitten

Another HUGE shoutout to these amazing companies for stocking our fridge and keeping us hydrated all weekend long:

ONEHOPE Wine- the PRETTIEST glittered champage bottles & delicious Cabernet! ONEHOPE donates half of its profits to charity and each ONEHOPE wine varietal supports a different charitable cause or organization.

The Palm by Whispering Angel - The Palm is a blend of Grenache, Cynsault and Syrah made from grapes which are selected from the best vineyards in the appellation CĂ´teaux d’Aix-en-Provence. (this Rose was perfect for hanging poolside!)
Spiked Seltzer - This seltzer comes in 6 different flavors and is super refreshing, especially on a hot summer day!  I love how it's all natural, low carb, and gluten free and tastes good too!

Thanks again to everyone (friends and retailers) for making this past weekend unforgettable! Now onto the Wedding... 2 more months to go!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

My Kate Spade Themed Bridal Shower

I am so, so incredibly excited to share with you all my Bridal Shower from a couple weeks ago!  With the past couple of weeks being crazy (including having my bachelorette party in Palm Springs- more to come soon!) I finally had the chance to sit down and put this together.  I hope that if you're a bride to be, or know a bride to be, this can help be an inspiration for planning your own bridal shower!

A huge thanks to my MOH's and my mom for helping throw the BEST bridal shower a girl could ask for! We decided to go with a Kate Spade theme, and after we heard the news about her passing the week of, we thought it was an even better time to honor her and the happiness she's put into all of our lives with her bright and amazing designs.

The shower was held in Milwaukee at the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel (I am originally from Wisconsin, so we wanted to have a central location that was convenient for everyone) and they could not have been more spot on in helping our vision come to life.  From the chivari gold chairs to the black and white table runners and pink napkins, to the bouquet of flowers on each table, they really hit it out of the park and made the room absolutely beautiful.  When we first visited the Journeyman to check out the space, I fell in love with the private room on the top floor.  It was the perfect space for our 30 guests and even included a private outdoor terrace (that sadly we couldn't use because of the rain.)  The black/white floors matched perfectly with the vision we had in mind and the room was nice, airy and bright- so it was perfect!

We had a delicious custom made cake and cookies from a local baker in our hometown that everyone just loved! The cake could not have been more on the theme, and the cookies were so pretty I didn't want to eat them!  We brunched on strawberry stuffed french toast, a Meditteranean frittata, and bacon followed by a build your own mimosa bar with different kinds of homemade juices and fruits.  We also had a coffee & tea bar set out for guests that wanted a little afternoon pick me up!

My MOH's found some super cute games to play, which sometimes can be corny- but were actually super fun! One was to see how well everyone knew me (one of my best friends won of course) and another was they asked Matt some questions ahead of time, and I had to guess his answers.  I pretty much got every one right... so I'd say we are on the same page! ;)

One question I get quite a bit is about opening gifts at a shower, and whether or not you should. I know in today's world, it's not that exciting for guests to sit and watch while the bride-to-be opens gifts, but I think it's an important and sort of the main reason for a shower in the first place.  Most guests like to watch you open their gift to see the excitement on your face and see the other gifts you've selected to start your new life with!  Typically this is done at the end of a Shower, so if someone really doesn't want to stick around for it- they are free to leave.  I decided to open gifts, and I am so glad I did! I have some amazing friends and family that got Matt and I the best gifts for our new home that we just bought together.  Another thing I recommend is having the groom stop by at the end to say hi to everyone and thank them.  Unfortunately, Matt wasn't able to attend, as he was flying back from his Bachelor party in Vegas, but I will be having another shower next month that he will come to!

This shower was truly one of the best days of my life, and I am SO thankful to everyone who came and made it so special. I can't wait to show you all my Bachelorette Party soon!! xoxo

FOOD: Tre Rivali
FLOWERS: The Flower Lady
STATIONARY (Signs, Invites, Games, Menus): Sweet Rain Design
CAKE & COOKIES: Yield Bakehouse

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Father's Day Gift Ideas with Gordmans

This post is sponsored by Gordmans.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting brands that make Marvelous in the Midwest possible!

With Father's day just around the corner (this Sunday to be exact!), I wanted to show you all some great last minute gift ideas that won't break the bank and would be perfect for any Father you're celebrating this year!  Last weekend when I was back in Wisconsin, I headed into Gordmans to check out their gift selection and was pleasantly surprised.  One thing most men like to do (especially my dad) is grill, so I picked this Budweiser BBQ sauce set with a baster.  I also found a wing rack for grilling wings and thought what better to go with the BBQ sauce then a clever way to fire up some wings on the grill! I can't wait to go back home and try them out for myself.  I also thought the Whiskey serving set would be a great gift, as it comes with two whiskey glasses, whiskey stones, a cube ice mold, bourbon peanuts and a smoked honey whiskey topper- all for only $9.99!!   This was such a great deal, that I decided to pick up a couple of them for other gifts (think father-in-law, brother, friend, or just anyone else who really loves whiskey!)

I did notice while shopping at Gordmans, all of the other great stuff they had available for dads such as signs to hang in the house, beer glasses with funny sayings on them and even sports teams memorabilia (all WI in our WI store!)  If you're still looking for a perfect gift, definitely head to Gordmans-- I swear that store has everything (I may or may not have picked up a couple things for me as well :))


Monday, June 11, 2018

Staycation with Babbleboxx

This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.  Thank you for supporting brands that make Marvelous in the Midwest possible!

Happy Monday, friends!! This past weekend was my bridal shower in Milwaukee, and it was SO much fun.  My mom and I went a day early and stayed at the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel (where the shower was taking place) and had a little mini "staycation" before the celebration began.  I was super excited to be able to use some of the goodies I received from Babbleboxx for this staycation, so I wanted to show you all what was in the box!

Faustino Gran Reserva- I love trying out new wines, so I was super excited about this Faustino Gran Reserva that was included in the box.  This wine is an intense, bright cherry red. Per its description, it's aromatic and complex, with notes of tobacco, cedar, and leather against a background of ripe fruit, jam and spices. It definitely has a powerful yet velvety flavor of red fruits and licorice and tastes amazing- perfect for pairing with lamb, duck, pork or beef.

Flatiron Books- I always get excited to try out new books and when I travel and make sure to have one on hand.  Thanks to Flatiron Books, I was able to break out the book My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley. McCauley is the bestselling author of The Object of My Affection, which was made into a movie with Jennifer Anniston and Paul Rudd (which I loved.)  The book is about two exes that reconnect, and it's hilarious! I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a light-hearted read.

Bellame: Aqua Lumiere Hydrating Eye Cream & Moisturizer: I am always looking for new skincare products and after trying this eye cream and moisturizer for a few days, I am officially hooked.  The eye cream is silky and really stands up to the demands of the orbital area.  I noticed it significantly decreased the appearance of fine lines, deflated some puffiness and diminished my dark circles.  The moisturizer can be used both day and night to also target fine lines and wrinkles and doesn't have a strong smell like a lot of moisturizers do!  

*Right now, you can receive a FREE set of six ultra-luxe Bellame bamboo sourced washcloths with the purchase of the Aqua Lumiere collection. Gift valued at $22. Shop HERE

Erin's Faces: Deet Free Mosquito repellent- I was actually extremely happy to see this was in the box.  We went up to the rooftop (the Insider) for some drinks after dinner this weekend, and since it had been raining all day and was pretty humid, the mosquitos were definitely out in full force.  This vegan repellent really helped keep them away by using the essentials oils of eucalyptus, citronella, and lemongrass!  I plan to keep this in my bag and bring it with me to all outdoor activities this summer... the mosquitos in the Midwest are no joke y'all.

*Use code BABBLEBOX05 for 10% off your purchase through September 30th, 2018.

Bali Smart Size Shaping Wirefree Bra- One thing I love about a good bra is the comfort it provides as well as the support.  This bra is just that and so much more! It's super affordable, comes in an array of colors and is the perfect amount of cool comfort. With the ComfortFlex Fit® 4 way stretch, it provides a flexible fit that shapes to your body.  I plan to wear this bra under my lightweight tees all summer long since it's breathable and comfy!

OMM: Thickening Hair Mask & Thickening Oil- Having extensions can sometimes take a toll on your hair and dry out quickly if you don't regularly use a hair mask.  This hair mask by OMM made my real hair (and extensions!) feel super silky and nourished.  The light jasmine scent smells amazing and it creates just the right amount of thickness without feeling weighed down.  The thickening oil isn't greasy like a lot of them can be and really works to strengthen and nourish the hair shaft.

*Use code SUMMER for 20% off your purchase now through September 15th, 2018.